Perianth Interior Design’s Hilary Unger, the architectural firm of Zaskorski & Notaro, Contractor John P. Maloney and Millworker Michael O’Boy recently collaborated to create an addition to an opulent yet family-oriented townhouse on the Upper East Side. This historic 1917 limestone home on Park Avenue in New York City underwent a vertical expansion, as the clients (a family with four children,) requested a Master Bedroom Suite be built atop the existing structure.
In her detailed project notes, below, Unger talks of the great care and planning that went into designing the Master Bedroom Suite, maximizing the new 650 square-foot space with elegant built-ins, a nuanced approach to dark and light colors, a decision to limit any free-standing furniture, ‘his & her’ elements throughout, and even a transitional stairway from family to ‘grown-up space’ that felt akin to a jewel box.
John Maloney was the Construction Manager on the project. By taking the architectural requirements and creative vision and turning them into a reality, he constructed the new addition from scratch. Maloney managed his entire construction team and made sure that the work was done to the highest standard. “Everyone, especially the client, was extremely happy and impressed by the workmanship and management skills that J.P. Maloney, Inc. brought to the project.” Unger said. As for O’Boy’s contributions, Unger comments, “Finnryan’s millwork is some of the finest work I’ve ever seen.” [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Seth Cohen; Photography: Michael Falco]
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